Open Innovation Summit: 10 Questions for the Big Companies

I really enjoyed the recent Open Innovation Summit in Chicago. As I reflect on the many presentations and interactions, I think of the follow-up questions I would ask these big companies that work hard on their open innovation efforts.

Procter & Gamble: You are perceived as the open innovation leader. What are the next practices for your efforts?

Whirlpool: You seem to be doing a great job on innovation. Why do we not hear more about your efforts?

Unilever: I was glad to see your strong focus on the soft side – the people skills – of open innovation. Why did you decide to focus more on this?

Grundfos: You developed a strong innovation intent that got much attention during a Year of Innovation. What has happened since then?

PepsiCo: I really appreciated your facts and insights on consumers. How has this high level of facts and insights impacted your innovation approach?

Clorox: You learned many lessons – and adapted to those – as you developed Clorox Connects. What were the key lessons that you had with regards to international markets?

Cisco: You showed us the importance of strong alliance ecosystems. What are the key issues that will make you walk away from a partner?

LG: You are one of the few Asian companies that have publicly adapted open innovation practices. Why is this so?

Manitowoc Foodservice: You talked on the important topic of intellectual property. What keeps you awake at night with regards to this topic?

Qualcomm: Better internal communication emerged as a key topic at the conference. What would you describe as the key issues on bridging internal and external communication efforts?

Hey, some of the presenters might answer some of the questions here. That would be interesting…

You can also see a great overview by Robert Brands on this link: Innovationcoach

  • http://www.inductsoftware.com Alf Martin Johansen

    Hi Stefan,

    Thanks for your interesting comments on these worldwide companies.

    I think we are about to maximize the potential within the transaction based Open Innovation framework. Even though it is in early stages, we see that the next generation Open Innovation is about to appear. The technology exists and the case studies are forthcoming :-)

    Best regards,
    Alf Martin

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